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By Ewen Southby-Tailyour

'The three Commando Brigade's six month deployment in Helmand Province used to be the most effective items of soldiering i've got come across' basic Sir Richard Dannett, leader of basic Staff

In October 2006, the Royal Marine Commandos took up their six month journey of responsibility in war-torn Helmand Province, southern Afghanistan - the hardest and most well-liked warfare region in the world. After the tactical retreat in their predecessors, the Paras, the Marines knew they'd need to take a unique method of have any likelihood of luck. in order that they took the struggle to the enemy. Roving and competitive, the Commandos pressured the rebel Taliban directly to the again foot. hence, they have been interested by day-by-day hearth fights of an depth now not encountered via British troops considering that North Korea.

3 Commando Brigade is an exciting first-hand account of that dogged, heroic pursuit of the Taliban via the normal Marines, sailors and squaddies dependable. it's a tale of valour, fortitude, perfect actual and psychological health, and unrivalled professionalism below the main trying out of conditions. The account explodes from the 1st web page with Operation Glacier, a photo, no-holds-barred account of a Commando assault on a key Taliban base south of Garmsir - a conflict that ends with the dramatic restoration of a Corporal's physique from along the fortress by way of Apache helicopters. From this beginning salvo the motion by no means we could up, providing a startlingly sincere account of the conflict in Afghanistan as instructed by way of the junior officials, corporals and marines at the flooring.

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But the case is very different, I think, when we come to consider the officer’s responsibilities for the civilian casualties of the battles he fights. As a moral agent, he is also responsible outward—to all those people whose lives his activities affect. This is a responsibility that we all have, since we are all moral agents, and it is, at least in the first instance, non-hierarchical in character. No organizational chart can possibly determine our duties or obligations to other people generally.

The two together, it seems to me, capture the force of the opposed moral understandings and assign to each its proper place. I can’t reconcile the understandings; the opposition remains; it is a feature of our moral reality. There are limits on the conduct of war, and there are moments when we can and perhaps should break through the limits (the limits themselves never disappear). ‘‘Supreme emergency’’ describes those rare moments when the negative value that we assign—that we can’t help assigning—to the disaster that looms before us devalues morality itself and leaves us free to do whatever is militarily necessary to avoid the disaster, so long as what we do doesn’t produce an even worse disaster.

The example in my mind when I first made that argument was the British decision to bomb German cities—specifically the orders issued to bomber crews in the early 1940s to aim at the city center or at residential areas (that is, not at military bases, factories, shipyards, warehouses, and so on). The intention of the British leaders at that point in the war was to kill and terrorize the civilian population, to attack German morale rather than German military might. ≥ In order to display the theoretical issue in all its difficulty, it is enough to say flatly that the intention was wrongful, the bombing criminal; its victims were innocent men, women, and children.

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